Legislative

Moratoriums and Mandates

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks here at the Chamber.  I’ve been invited to join several conversations related to moratoriums and mandates and wanted to share a few perspectives with our membership.

What is a mandate and how do we feel about that here at the Chamber? Our good friend Merriam-Webster (the dictionary folks) defines mandate as “to officially require (something): make (something) mandatory.”  Separately, a moratorium is defined as “a waiting period set by an au...

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Advocacy Support for Business

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce has long been a business advocate, attending every City Council meeting, standing up on key issues and sharing a pragmatic view point. We make sure you have a seat at the table and a well-versed voice in the conversations that matter most is important.

We are excited that our first Advocacy Newsletter landed in members email boxes yesterday with the intention to keep you updated on issues impacting business, ways to contact your elected officials and ...

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Time to Pause and Reflect

It’s wonderful to have an occasional rainy day in the middle of summer.  As someone who grew up on the eastern plains of Colorado, I always appreciate moisture coming from the sky!  Rainy days inspire me to pause and reflect, even in the hustle of everyday demands.  Below is a catch-all of today’s observations.

Hats off to Chamber member and long-time volunteer Carrie Gillis! Carrie is the Real Estate Manager for a grouping of businesses here in northern Colorado and was inducted int...

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Reflections on Elections

On Election Day last Tuesday I made the safest non-prediction prediction ever made when I wrote “The sun will come up tomorrow, and it will seem brighter for about half the population and darker for the other half.” In a sharply divided country, that was a pretty safe bet for the presidential election but most of the other results were mixed.

A few observations about last week’s elections.

The presidential race was (and still is) a mess. A week later President Trump still has not c...

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Voodoo and Potpourri

“My wife called down from upstairs with a question: ‘Do you ever get a shooting pain across your body, like someone’s got a voodoo doll of you and they’re stabbing you?’

Sounding concerned, I replied, ‘No….’

She responded, ‘How about now?’”

Ha! That’s pretty funny! Somebody sent this to me recently, and I had a good laugh.

Maybe it’s not all that funny, maybe I just needed to laugh, but it worked.

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Election Day is fi...

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Time to Repeal the Gallagher Amendment; Yes on Amendment B

Amendment B on your Colorado state ballot calls for the repeal of the Gallagher Amendment of 1982. The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and the other partners of the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance support Amendment B.

A ‘yes’ vote repeals the Gallagher Amendment from the state constitution. The amendment has locked residential and non-residential property assessment rates into the constitution. The repeal would allow the state legislature to freeze property tax assessment ra...

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“No” on Proposition 113 – National Popular Vote Compact

There is a movement to elect the President of the United States by popular vote. The result would be a small number of states and major urban areas controlling who is elected as president. Votes in places like Colorado would be meaningless.

The Fort Collins Chamber is recommending a NO vote on Colorado Proposition 113.

At the time the United States Constitution was being debated, a major point of contention was how the states could function collectively without the interests of the small s...

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“No” on Ballot Measure for Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Chamber is recommending a ‘no’ vote on State Proposition 118, Paid Family and Medical Leave. This would be a major new $1.3 billion state-run insurance benefit program.

Proposition 118:

Provides up to 12 – 16 weeks of paid time off would be provided to workers to care for a new baby, care of an adopted child, to care for a seriously ill relative, or to recover from an illness.
The program is not free; it would be paid for through a mandatory payroll tax. Both employers and e...

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The Fight for Business Goes On

The COVID-19 interrupted state legislative session recently concluded. With businesses damaged by the public health response to close the economy, our plea to the state legislature was “primum non nocere”, first do no harm. In their haste to foster social recovery, don’t pile new regulatory and financial burdens on businesses that finish them off or disincentivize them from hiring people.

In the end, it was a very tough session for business.

The area chambers and economic developers ...

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Resources for Members: Legislative Tracking, Coronavirus

Here are some timely resources.

First, with the state legislature underway, the Chamber’s state issues committee – the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance – is analyzing, tracking, and lobbying on bills. Click here for the NCLA 2020 bill tracker.

Second, the coronavirus is a big topic in the news. So far, the reports make it sound more like a bad flu season than anything to be unduly concerned about. The advice we are reading says to take the same personal precautions that you do ...

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